January 9, 2013 |
Even though her episodes have yet to hit the airwaves, Nicki Minaj's addition to the “American Idol” panel has already been one of the competition's more polarizing decisions during its decade-plus history. Fans of the aging singing competition were vocal about what the entertainer -- known for bawdy, razor-sharp raps, colorful wigs and eye-popping garb a la Lady Gaga -- could bring to the panel, especially after the ballyhooed signing of pop diva Mariah Carey. Online commenters questioned her ability to offer credible criticism to aspiring singers, given her hip-hop background, while others felt she shouldn't be on a panel with an industry veteran such as Carey.
October 22, 2003 |
Doubleday and CBS are trading sharp words over CBS' surprise Saturday broadcast of a special on the making of its upcoming movie about the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, which upset the publisher's carefully crafted media plan to launch a book on the topic. Both CBS and Doubleday have rights to a portion of the Smart story, CBS for its Nov. 9 movie "The Elizabeth Smart Story" and Doubleday for a book on the ordeal, to be published Tuesday, from the Utah teen's parents, Ed and Lois Smart.
October 9, 2012 |
The registrar's office at the University of Southern California is about to get very busy. James Franco, the actor-Oscar-host-soap-star-artist-poet-novelist, is set to teach a film production class at USC next spring, according to an email sent to USC film students from the School of Cinematic Arts. The class, which will be co-taught by Franco's business partner Vince Jolivette, will require students to direct a short film of no more than 10...
June 2, 2005 |
Here's the choice: You can rush across town to the megaplex, wait in separate lines for $5 parking, $14 tickets and $6 popcorn, only for the pleasure of a loudmouth talking over all the best dialogue. Or, you can slide the latest DVD from Netflix into your 12-speaker, high-definition home theater system, order a pizza and become one with your La-Z-Boy and fantasies of being as funny as Vince Vaughn. Face it.
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March 9, 1988
As a strike by Hollywood writers entered its second day, negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers met Tuesday under the auspices of a federal mediator. Spokesmen for the two sides did not disclose whether progress was made during the daylong session at the mediator's office in Los Angeles. The talks were to resume Thursday in alliance headquarters in Sherman Oaks.
February 7, 1987
The third annual Latin American film series, Ventana Latina (Latin Window), will feature a film every other Monday in February, March and April. The free series will be held at 7:30 p.m. at San Diego State University's Hepner Hall. Among the six films to be screened is the Academy Award-winning movie "The Official Story" (March 9). This movie portrays the aftermath of the war perpetrated by the Argentine military dictatorship. It is the most recently released film in the series.
January 10, 2006 |
Lionsgate's Sunday estimates for "Hostel" proved about $500,000 too "aggressive" (as the company described them). When actual numbers for that day were clocked on Monday, writer-director Eli Roth's abattoir adventure's total for the weekend came in at $19.6 million. Miscalculations of as much as $1 million are not uncommon; the lower number for "Hostel," however, does mean that last year's "White Noise" ($24.